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  • Summary: Call + Response is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. Call + Response goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. Luminaries on the issue and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it. Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing. (Fair Trade Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    All in all, Call + Response makes alarmingly clear how ugly, pervasive and out-in-the-open the trade in humans for sex or labor often is.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Remarkably informative yet gracelessly constructed, jumping between documentary and concert footage at random.
  3. There is much to recommend this earnest and enraged film.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    The result is like "American Idol" meets C.A.R.E. infomercial.
  5. Reviewed by: Neely Tucker
    The result doesn't really work. The music videos don't seem connected to anything, and there's not nearly enough about the actual victims of the trade. But it's a documentary with its heart and its outrage in the right place.
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  1. RobertN.
    Oct 10, 2008
    An incredibly sobering film that creates a whole new genre of documentary, actually a Rockumentary. C & R opens the eyes of a world that is asleep to the greatest atrocity of modern times. Today 27 million people are in slavery, forced to do things against their will, under the threat of death or harm to their family. Two thumbs way up and the theater in Nashville gave it a standing ovation. Expand